Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Blk 1 & 8 - to be delivered by end Dec 08 /Jan 09
Blk 1 & 8 - work is going on till 9pm
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Malaysians can now watch the proceedings unlike in the past. This is made possible because we believe in transparency and accountability.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Having a light moment with Carol
Introducing the JMB to Carol
Carol, despite her physical limitation, is one strong person. She told me during the visit that she would like to participate in teaching the poor students in Angsana when UMNO returns the hall back to the residents. (You can read about the story of the hall here). I have instructed the Land Office to take back the hall for the residents. A letter has been written to UMNO for the return of keys. My political secretary has made a number of calls to the secretary of the Minister for Rural and Regional Development Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib to fix an appointment but no reply from her so far. I don't believe in violence and I want to avoid any untoward incident, hence I have not made any physical attempt to re-possess the hall for the residents. I want things to be done in accordance to the law via the proper channels.
Back to Carol. Her independence, strength and desire to serve others encouraged me. We need more people like Carol around, one who will soar higher than her limitation, rises above to live life to the fullest and serve others around her. I am inspired!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
While we await the result, I must thank the traffic policemen who have been seen managing the traffic early morning and in the evening.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Just some updates over the weekend - remember the family of 7 children highlighted in my posting entitled 'Enriching lives'? I visited the family again with some committee members of Kiwanis Club of USJ. We discovered that they had a mountain of clothes scattered everywhere in their hall because they do not have a cupboard. The kids sleep on the cold cement floor without mattress or pillows.
I have good news for you. Kiwanis Club of USJ has stepped forward to bless the family with the followings:-
- a cupboard and dining/study tables
- mattresses, bedsheets, pillows and blankets
- a television
- a stove
- shelves in the kitchen
- to renew fluorescent tubes
- to replace broken windowpanes
- to replace kitchen utensils
- to refurbish curtains
- to wash the mountain of dirty clothes
- to provide milk for the kids till December 2008
The Kawasan Rukun Tetangga of USJ 2 & 6 have also pledged to provide groceries worth about RM200 a month for the family.
The combined effort of Kiwanis Club of USJ, Kawasan Rukun Tetangga of USJ 2 & 6 and my office is to give this family a headstart in life. Mr JM Noel of Kiwanis Club of USJ said this : Our main concern is to make their house like a HOME. We want the children and their parents to look forward in coming to a home.
I must thank these 2 community groups for stepping forward to assist the community they exist in. They acted promptly when they heard of this. I am very pleased with their compassion for this family.
This is one of the aims I have as the state assemblyman for Subang Jaya. I want to pool resources to help the less fortunate ones in our neighbourhood. We must always love our neighbours the way we love ourselves. I'm glad the 7 children can now have their mother taking care of them. The kids can now have milk instead of just plain water. They will have proper meals. Cold nights on the cement floor are over. The children can now grow up just like the rest of children in Subang Jaya.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Many people write threatening emails to me. If I don't reply their emails and solve their problems in 4 days time - they will take it to the press, take it to the cyber forum, tell the whole community why Hannah Yeoh is of no good to the people of Subang Jaya and etc. They have given BN 50 years and only after 50 years they decided to take it to the ballot box. And here, I'm given 4 days or 4 months and I'm expected to move mountains, perform a miracle of instant change and solve everyone's problem in the blink of an eye.
Everyone tells me that their problem is my priority. I only have 24 hours a day, 5 working days a week and have been working non-stop since March 8. Some people come to me asking me for money. They want a personal loan of 10,000 for their business. When I said "I am sorry, I am not able to help you", they would march out of my office, angry and upset with me. This was what they said "No point voted for you, you cannot help me" before storming out of my office.
Another came to complain about the quality of water from Syabas. When my assistant said, please lodge a complaint with Syabas first, they demanded to speak to me even though it was past 10pm that night and they slammed the table in my office, kicked the door and shouted abusive words. We had to inform the police.
Some wanted me to solve their marriage/divorce problems. Some employees wanted me to tell their bosses how to treat them nicely. Some wanted money to service their bank loans and rental. Some wanted me to tell the cabs not to charge them so much. Some wanted me to tell their neighbours not to be so nasty. Some wanted me to see the tree in front of their house, the drains, the parks, the pipes and many more. Some would debate for hours over RM2. Some would argue for the sake of arguing. I cannot look into everyone's personal matters. I have not been elected a wakil keluarga (family rep), wakil kewangan (your financial rep) or your rep at work. I have to look into problems concerning the people at large (wakil rakyat) and ensure these problems are highlighted at the State Assembly. That's the role of an assemblyman. I am sorry, I am not a domestic maid.
Some civil servants be it at MPSJ, Land Office or the police are still upset that BN lost. The hands and legs sometimes do not want to move. I have to repeatedly remind them for things to be done. Classic excuse given to me is this "ADUN masa dulu akan buat dengan cara ini and etc" (the previous ADUN would do it this way and etc). I say it again, I am not the former ADUN. We will change that attitude soon.
I have to explain this to all of you so that the next time you hear someone complaining - no point voted for change, she can't solve my problem - ask further - What is the problem? Personal problem?
Now I understand why it has taken so many years for Malaysia to progress. Attitude is a factor.
I am not here for the power. I am not here to 'play politics' - I don't know how to. I am here genuinely to serve the larger community when I stepped up to the challenge of running for election. Whilst many others have walked away offended and they criticised me for not solving their 'problems', each night I still go to bed praying with a clear conscience (that's if I haven't fallen asleep on the couch). I have not mistreated anyone unfairly, I have not taken a single bribe and I am still doing my best to tackle the problems created by others. When my time is up, if you still think I am no good for the people of Subang Jaya, I will gladly go. I have no problem letting go because I have no strings attached, no contracts made for myself or for others and I will not be a sore loser. I will give a pat for myself (even if no one would) because I know I have done all I could to make Subang Jaya a better place.
But for now, I will keep working and keep fighting to change the mindset of residents. Look at the saying of John F. Kennedy posted above. I may not be able to solve everything in my term but hey I have started working on them. I just need you to know that in my effort to tackle the problems faced by residents at large, there are some things that I just wouldn't do.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
So conveniently the blame has now shifted to the principal of SMKSU. The Education Ministry is using the principal as a scapegoat. This is injustice upon injustice.
A PIBG for a school in USJ has done the exact same thing and the circular was also mentioned to justify the non-invitation.
We need to correct our mindset. Just because one apple is sour, doesn't mean all apples are sour. There are sweet apples. I hope this analogy is simple enough for people to understand.
Parents, you need to understand that you play such a keyrole in the rebuilding of our nation. Do not teach your children that all politicians are dirty. If you do that, you have just denied the nation of a potential leader. Your children will grow up despising politicians, politics and governance. Malaysia needs more untainted young leaders to take the lead in re shaping the nation.
If my parents had said the same to me when I was growing up, I would not be here today. We need more people who would not just speak openly about fighting corruption but people who would fight corruption in every closed door meeting, in every decision they make, in every project discussed, in every application they consider and etc.
We need good sportsmen, artists, doctors and many more but we also need good politicians for young people to follow. If you continue to teach your kids to label all politicians as liars, do not cry out if in years to come, you have no good candidates for election and no one to champion good principles. Do not deter your children from politics, instead, teach them how to assess matters independently, teach them how to resist bribes and teach them to be more proactive in issues concerning the society. Teach them to live selflessly. You never know, your child could just be the future prime minister we need.
Monday, July 14, 2008
This program was made possible by a volunteer doctor who lives in Subang Jaya. He came to my office right after the election and offered his assistance to serve the people alongside me. His wife, also a doctor joined the team as well. There were young medical graduates from Subang Jaya who were also part of the team.
We provided free random blood sugar and cholesterol test, free blood pressure check, body mass index measurement and height and weight test.
There was also a talk on cataract. The senior citizens living there received much from the talk. Remember the senior citizen mentioned in my blog titled "Enriching lives" who has an eye condition? We brought him to see the eye specialist here and I'm pleased to tell you that he will be given a free and thorough check-up by this doctor.
Why did we do this? When I was told that the residents in SS13 flats have been neglected for some 20 years, I decided to step in and assist them. We did a gotong-royong in this place weeks ago and I know a health program would benefit the people. During the campaign period, I told the people that I would look into having a public clinic for the people of Subang Jaya. The nearest public clinics are now in Kelana Jaya and Puchong. While we work on that, we decided to do free health screening first. I want to ensure that the funds allocated for my constituency are put to good use instead of just spending it on dinners! The people should be the rightful recipients.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Read more about dengue here. Let's not sit and wait till it becomes an epidemic. MPSJ will continue to do its part. Residents must do their part as well. It only takes 10 mins to save lives.
I walked through the life of a young Cambodian girl affected by HIV. She was forced into child prostitution. When I went through the journey of her life, experiencing a HIV positive stamp on my right hand, I could feel the sense of hopelessness for an AIDS victim. Sitting in the clinic alone, being diagnosed with HIV is quite a distressing experience.
Parents, you need to take your teens to this. You can find out more about it here.
So many children have been victims of sexual abuse, prostitution and etc. We, the adults must do all we can to protect children. They are precious gifts from above.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I also met a senior citizen who has an eye condition and is in need of medical treatment.
We are making urgent arrangement to help this family. Different groups of residents have offered assistance. It is sufficient for now. With the price increase in almost everything, life can only be tougher for these poor families. I am highlighting this to create more awareness that poverty exists in our neighbourhood. I know some may argue that there will always be the poor around but I want to minimise that in my term as a state assemblyman. There are residents who cannot see anything beyond their own backyard. I am glad that there are still many caring Malaysians around. When I shared this with my family during our family dinner last night, my dad said "you have chosen this path to serve the country" and I know I'm blessed with this position to enrich poor lives and not my own. I am of the opinion that politicians and other people of great influence should use their position only to enrich the less fortunate ones and not the pockets of some. Some may think that I am an idealist and live in a naive world of my own. I am not! I stand firm that this is how it ought to be.
The next time you enjoy a cup of ice-cream, give thanks because to some, it is a luxury.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
I felt a little emotional when I saw the slideshow of pictures from the past. Since I left school, I have attended the funeral of my discipline teacher the late Mr Lim Cho Hong who taught me not to give up even though my SPM results were not superb. He wrote these words in my school magazine "The best is yet to come!". Last year, I also attended the funeral of my junior prefect. He passed away suddenly after a game of sports. When I saw his photo up on the screen, I remembered the times spent with him in school.
In my speech, I also briefed the prefects of the history of the prefects' theme TERBAIK and the prefects' song which was written about 13 years ago (when I was only 16). I didn't know that the little vision I had for the prefects then would last for more than a decade.
I hope to see the same with the principles I'm upholding now. In the future, even after I'm gone, hopefully our future leaders would be people of truth and righteousness. I want to leave behind a similar trail someday, like the one I did in school.
He doesn't need further introduction. We had a very brief chat and he told me that he's a voter in my constituency. Having a constituent with one of the most influential pair of eyes and voice in our country today definitely helps in keeping me effective as a state assemblyman.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
This gotong-royong would not have been successful without the effort of a few parties. The residents themselves came out to assist in the cleaning. I was most impressed by the willingness of the Latter Rain church who sent at least 50 of their members to be the hands and legs for this gotong-royong. MPSJ also sent their trucks and manpower. Konsortium SJ Pest Control offered their free service for that day in solving the rats problem.
I saw a young girl aged 8 sweeping the compound of the flats together with her dad. Children of different races came out to work together. The volunteers do not live in this area but they took time out to assist others. They care for their neighbours' backyard as much as they do for their own. This attitude is what we need to move the community forward.
I have heard this statement from a number of people I met "Are you Hannah Yeoh? I voted for you and now I'm watching what you can do for me!". This statement irks me the most. Notice the word used is watching. This group of people only sit back and watch while others work. I have seen this in some residents' meeting. The committee members worked hard while some others sat back to watch and complain.
The volunteers for the gotong-royong came to my office asking "What can we do to help you and the community?". They didn't just sit back and watch the progress of the nation after the March 8 election. This group of people understand that their votes were not for Hannah Yeoh but for their own future.
As a young person, I did not just sit and complain of the previous government, I decided to do something about it and today I am serving the people, carrying the weight of rebuilding and reforming the community. Malaysia needs proactive watchmen to ensure good governance and not watchmen who merely sit back and complain. We will accomplish more if everyone works together.